Day: September 26, 2017

RISE Cowley kickoff events planned next week on National Night Out

RISE Cowley is pairing with the Arkansas City and Winfield police departments to host kickoff events for the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant program. RISE Cowley and the Arkansas City Police Department will be hosts to the National Night Out kickoff party on Oct. 2 at Wilson Park, starting at 5 p.m. The next day, RISE Cowley and the Winfield Police Department will have a Community Night Out event at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Island Park in Winfield. Both parties will have food for patrons, as well as drawings to win donated Rubbermaid coolers filled with healthy lifestyle items or a Fitbit Charge. Eight entities spread out across Kansas — but with a common focus of wanting to build sustainable, healthier communities — were selected for a major grant program offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. Cowley County was selected as one of these Pathways to a Healthy Kansas communities for 2017-20. Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. The Pathways program provides community health coalitions with the tools and resources needed to remove barriers and engage their communities in ways that enable healthy eating and tobacco-free, active living to become a way of life. The grant funding for each community includes a coordination grant of $100,000, with the opportunity to apply for non-competitive implementation...

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Five finalists named for Queen Alalah LXXXVI; coronation set for Oct. 27

After four days of online voting, five women have been selected as Queen Alalah finalists by Cowley College students, faculty, staff and administrators. Queen Alalah LXXXVI will be crowned during the annual Coronation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the college’s Brown Center on the Arkansas City campus. The five candidates are: Mary Anderson, of Lawton, Oklahoma; Brylee Burroughs, of Arkansas City; Jordan Day, of Arkansas City; Braydee Holmes, of Udall; Kyrstyn Kinzie, of Manhattan. Those attending the Queen’s Coronation will vote to determine the next Queen Alalah. Coronation is part of the annual fall celebration called Arkalalah, an Native American word meaning “good times.” A complete list of Arkalalah activities will be available in the coming weeks. This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Photographers collaborate on Traveling Dress Project gallery in Winfield

WINFIELD — Area photographers are showcasing portraits from a collaborative project at College Hill Coffee in Winfield. The public is invited to attend the gallery reveal from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29. For the past six months, a single dress has traveled among 13 photographers in Cowley County. Each one photographed the dress in his or her own style and interpretation. “The Traveling Dress Project is a collaborative portrait gallery full of beautiful and unique images linked together by a single garment,” said Chelsea Taylor, of Chelsea Taylor Photography. “It’s been fun working together,” she added. “We’ve kept our images secret from each other and are excited to see the gallery come together!” In addition to the portraits, the gallery event will feature live music by Arkansas City native Emily Flickinger, as well as College Hill Coffee drinks and treats. The exhibit will be up until Nov. 1. This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Cowley sees 60% rise in algebra success rate for developmental students

Cowley College received some good news recently when its mathematics faculty reviewed the performance agreement report for 2016-17, which showed a 60-percent increase in the success rate for developmental students taking college algebra. Based on the 2013 numbers, Cowley is in the 91st percentile for college algebra success. Statistics also show the success rate for Cowley College students taking college algebra with review was very similar to the rate for students taking intermediate algebra separately before taking college algebra. “Helping students (to) remedy deficiencies in math is one of the most challenging and persistent issues in higher education,” said Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs. “Re-entry students and others who delayed their post-secondary experience for several years have often ‘lost’ much of the math knowledge they may have had earlier.” Michelle Schoon, Natural Sciences Department chair, said the math faculty has done an excellent job of realigning the math competencies into the two-semester sequence of elementary algebra and college algebra with review, with the goal of increasing student success through acceleration and immersion. Cowley College faculty math instructor Brooke Istas said this shows that short-term intensive classes help with remediation. “I am very happy with the work my colleagues are doing in the classroom — the changes and challenges have been difficult, but many are embracing the new instructional, hands-on, project-based techniques that marry both conventional...

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